Weightlifting is good for you. A new Georgia Institute of Technology study shows that weightlifting for just 20 minutes can improve episodic memory also known as long-term memory by about 10 percent in healthy young adults.
If you haven’t been hitting the gym you need to start now and enjoy the benefits of weightlifting. Besides what the new study discovered on memory improvement, weightlifting was already known to be good for building muscle tissue and relieving stress.
The study was done by taking 46 healthy young adults and asking them to try to remember a series of 90 photographs that were shown on a computer screen. Half of the group was asked to workout on leg-extension machine doing 50 reps while the other half sat in a chair not doing any weightlifting. Researchers then took saliva samples from each person.
Two days later the same men and women met with the researchers again to look at a series of 180 photographs, which included the 90 photos that were shown before. This time, the men and women were asked to recall which photos they had seen previously and which ones were new.
The researchers’ findings were interesting. The people who had exercised managed to remember 60 percent of the photos they had seen before while those who did not exercise only remembered around 50 percent.
The good thing about the discovery of this study is that you don’t need to spend the whole day in the gym doing weightlifting. For as little as 20 minutes you can improve your memory.
Checkout the video below describing the study.